The river of the west: the Columbia River’s source in British Columbia

Local-centric me! Until my recent trip to British Columbia, I thought of the Columbia River only as the geographic feature separating Oregon and Washington. Little did I know that it is so long and its watershed so vast, or that it originates in Canada and produces a huge percent of U.S. hydropower. The route of my recent trip was primarily...
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Why are there so many hot springs in southeastern British Columbia?

When the Pacific NW chapter of the American Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG) announced a new field trip—"Southeast British Columbia (BC) Hot Springs Geology Tour"—I eagerly signed on! The 12-day trip promised we would "spend our days looking at geology and our evenings soaking in hot water! But I wondered—natural hot springs are most commonly found in areas of active...
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Karen (here with Mt. Shasta in background) is a geology professor emerita who aims to provide a "pocket geologist" for world travelers. Follow the blog to explore the landscapes of our planet and figure out what causes them to look the way they do.

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